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Overview

Introduction to Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Fitchburg, Wisconsin, in Dane county, is located 8 miles SW of Madison, Wisconsin and 79 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is considered as part of the Madison metropolitan area.

Fitchburg is an eclectic blend of city and rural life, encompassing 22 thousand acres of rolling hills and family farms, as well as unique recreational opportunities including various bike trails and exceptional parks systems. The city's knowledge-based economy focuses on innovation with a solid base in information, bio, and nano technologies, thermoforming, medical instrumentation, and various forms of agriculture.

Fitchburg History

Fitchburg was originally a town, but it was officially incorporated as a city in 1983. At that time, Madison tried to annex the town of Fitchburg and take it under its own territory, but that incorporation prohibited its annexation.

Fitchburg and nearby Attractions

  • Badger State Trail
  • Capital City State Trail
  • Military Ridge State Trail
  • Cannonball Path
  • Quarry Ridge Recreation Area (includes mountain bike trails and freeride area)
  • Fitchburg Splash Pad / Kids' Crossing Dream Park (both located at McKee Farms Park)
  • Nevin Fish Hatchery - Wisconsin's first fish hatchery
  • Eplegaarden (a u-pick orchard)
  • Agora Art Fair

Things To Do In Fitchburg

Visitors to Fitchburg can plan a daylong bike ride on any of the beautiful bike trail systems, stop at a restaurant for outdoor dining, or take a picnic and rest at beautiful McKee Farms Park, beautifully located in the heart of Fitchburg. All of the city's hotels are located on bike trails, so staying in Fitchburg allows visitors to enjoy Madison by bike and not have to worry about parking. Quarry Ridge Recreation Area is one of Wisconsin's only free single track mountain bike parks with freeride structures to get the adrenaline flowing.

A visit to Hatchery Hill Towne Center will provide entertainment options, dining and nightlife options, salons, and shopping. The Nevin Fish Hatchery--the state's very first fish hatchery--provides tours for free. Multiple trout ponds demonstrate the life cycle of the trout and how the State stocks the trout population for Wisconsin's rivers and lakes.

Fitchburg also offers the beautiful Eplegaarden orchards, featuring many varieties of apples, pears, raspberries, grapes, squash, pumpkins, and freshly made apple cider. In the summer months, locals and tourists alike visit the orchards on Sundays for live folk music.

Fitchburg Transportation

Dane County Airport is nearby, and Madison Metro provides public bus transportation throughout Fitchburg.

Fitchburg Higher Education

Fitchburg is just a few miles from the renowned University of Wisconsin - Madison. Upper Iowa University, Madison College, Rock Valley Technical College and Edgewood College are other local institutions of higher education.

For more information about the city, please contact the Fitchburg Chamber Visitor & Business Bureau at Visit Fitchburg.

Demographics

People

Total Population27,254
Male Share of the Population51.9%
Female Share of the Population48.1%
Senior Citizens10.6%
Employed Population 16+14,562
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married49.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher46.4%
Median Earnings25+$37,088
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,335
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,195

Wealth

Median Family Income$75,917
% Above Poverty Level85.2%
% Below Poverty Level14.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.9%
Median Gross Rent$893
Median House Value$276,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.9%
German32.7%
Irish11.1%
English7.5%
Norwegian7.1%
Polish6%
Italian4.6%
French Except Basque2.9%
African1.8%
Swiss1.5%
Dutch1.3%
Czech1.3%
Swedish1.3%
Danishn1.1%
Scottish1%
Welsh0.7%
Russian0.6%
Greek0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Ghanaian0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Belgian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Serbian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Ugandan0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Afghan)0.2%
Croatian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Australian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Fitchburg Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dane County
Standard Zip Codes53575, 53593, 53711, 53719, 53713
Phone Area Codes608
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.92
Approximate Longitude-89.38

Fitchburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationARBORETUM UNIV WIS
Distance7.1 miles
Jan Temp5 to 27 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 84 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches
StationCHARMANY FARM
Distance7.4 miles
Jan Temp6 to 24 F
Apr Temp35 to 54 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp38 to 59 F
Annual Precip33.4 inches
StationBRODHEAD
Distance24.2 miles
Jan Temp6 to 26 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belleville2,515$86,691
Brooklyn1,343$84,293
Madison246,034$81,936
Oregon9,912$98,406
Shorewood Hills1,996$165,625
Verona12,113$114,709

Fitchburg Public Libraries

Fitchburg Public Library
5530 LACY RD.
Fitchburg, Wisconsin
(608) 729-1760

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Fitchburg Public Schools

Early Childhood
5830 Devoro Rd
ZIP: 53711
(608) 845-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 19
Savanna Oaks Middle
5890 Lacy Rd
ZIP: 53711
(608) 845-4010
Middle
Total Enrollment 507
Verona Area International School
5830 Devoro Rd
ZIP: 53711
(608) 845-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 94

Fitchburg Private Schools

Eagle School
5454 Gunflint Trl
ZIP: 53711
Elementary
Total Enrollment 187
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